MIDLAND, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) – The Midland Community Development Corporation was granted their proposal for a zoning change at Monday’s meeting. The change will now allow the non-profit to build an affordable housing apartment complex, Hillcrest Village.
But dozens of homeowners in the Hillcrest Acres Subdivision say this is a battle they have already fought before. One resident, Sharon Humphreys, says since the prior disputes, Mariposa Garden Apartments have been built in her neighborhood. She added it threatens the privacy, value, safety, and convenience of their homes.
“What the Planning and Zoning Commission has done today is they’ve let the Genie out of the bottle, and then broke the bottle,” stated Humphreys. “Because they’re going to be owned by a non-profit, they’re going to pay no tax to the City of Midland, no tax to the County of Midland, no tax to the school district, no tax to the hospital distrcit, and no tax to Midland College.”
However, Brad Bullock. of the Midland Community Development Corporation says the Hillcrest Village Project is one that is desperately needed. As Midland grows, there is not enough teacher, medic, and first-responders retention.
“We’ve stepped forward as a board thinking we can use this property to provide discounted rental properties,” explained Bullock. “30 to 50 percent off of typical rental rates.”
Bullock says the board has been sensitive to the neighbors’ concerns, even proposing a project with less density than what they could ask for.
“Mr. Bullock was here, a little more than a year ago, when we were trying to fight off the apartments that are being built between Princeton and Andrews Highway. They’re not concerned about the long-time Midlanders.”
Midland Community Development Corporation will now take it to City Council for approval. Due to donations from two foundations, the non-profit has raised 3.5 million dollars so far.